50 Things I Learned In 50 Years

What does it mean to turn 50 if you can’t share what you have learned with your friends? The following are 50 things, from business to life, I have learned, experienced, or watched in 50 years on this planet. If you have a list please let us hear it. The 50 things are categorized but not ranked~

Business

1. “Your word is your reputation”: say what you’ll do, do what you say
2. “Learning requires heart”: if you don’t want it, it won’t happen
3. “People want to buy they don’t want to be sold”: help people get what they want then you get what you want
4. “Preparation starts at home”: show up to work ready to go
5. “Don’t lie to yourself, it’s unbecoming”: if you don’t believe in your work, you will never succeed
6. “Writing is your publication platform”: learn to blog, express your ideas, create your public record the first jewel in the triple crown of building you as a brand
7. “Under promise and over deliver”: if you positively surprise people they will always react positively
8. “Telephone cold calling is the most underrated business strategy”: the science meets art of selling
9. “Multi Level Marketing is rarely a Win-Win situation”: me first with a huge helping of pie in the sky
10. “Technology is the life blood of business”: things change for the better
11. “Networking is a contact activity”: working the room is NOT networking
12. “Everyone should have a manual labor job in their background”: lessons in humility one jackhammer blast at a time
13. “Education is the great equalizer”: don’t squander your opportunity
14. “You make your own breaks”: capitalize when the moment arrives
15. “Overconfidence is a weakness”: check your ego at the door it might save your deal
16. “Mentoring is a two way street”: whether you are giving or receiving it is a win-win situation
17. “Dress for success”: if you look good you feel good
18. “Never underestimate your opponent”: it may come back to haunt you
19. “Public speaking is crucial to a career”: this is the 2nd jewel in the trip crown of building you as a brand
20. “Leadership is a skill you can develop”: this is the 3rd jewel in the trip crown of building you as a brand
21. “Listening is the skill”: this separates the stars from the pack
22. “Fear is contageous”: if you are fearful in any business situation it shows
23. “Give respect”: recognize excellence
24. “Expectations are dangerous”: if you have to ask you have never had to live up to them
25. “Winning isn’t everything”: it’s the only thing

Life

1. “Your family is your rock”: if you are blessed with a solid family you must never forget them
2. “Travel early and often”: experiencing other places at a young page accellerates personal growth
3. “Live somewhere else”: leave your hometown and live somewhere far away
4. “Learn to adapt”: if you can adapt you can survive
5. “Living overseas”: Athens, Greece is amazing
6. “Follow your dreams”: if you fear trying you will miss out
7. “College is irreplaceable”: personal growth that continues to show up years later
8. Working in the music business: scouting bands while in college a dream job
9. Basketball: playing in front of 5,000+ wishing I could make it a career
10. Room mates: in college at UC Davis 1980 the brother of King Huesen of Jordan
11. Training: one training session with 1980′s Professional Kickboxing Association light heavyweight champion Dennis Alexio
12. Robin Williams: partying with the legendary “Mork” without ever knowing it was him
13. My father: the greatest teacher of humility, graciousness, and toughness
14. My mother: my heart and the person who challenged me to be kind and positive
15. Saving a life: helping a friend make a new start
16. “Losing to learn”: losing teaches you about yourself, winning is not the same teacher
17. “Watching your childhood friend play in the NFL”: Monday night football at the ‘Stick and my friend is on the field as a starting wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons
18. “Moderation is everything”: if you allow anything to control you, you haven’t learned a thing
19. Jet skiing in Greece: the greatest adventure in my life riding behind a 25 story cruise ship, inside the wake funnel, jumping through the wake 5 miles outside the Mykanos harbor
20. Regrets: being invited to tryout for my college basketball team by the coach and declining for nothing more than the fear of rejection
21. Redemption: learning from this fear and accepting every challenge and opportunity with open arms
22. “First Kisses”: Kim in 5th grade changed my view of girls forever
23. Wine: so much more than a drink. It’s a lifestyle, appreciation for history, part of my cultural background
24. “Friendship”: they last only when you participate, work at it, and give
25. “Humor”: nearly everything is better with a laugh

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2 thoughts on “50 Things I Learned In 50 Years

  1. you post such great stuff on twitter and this is up there with the best. thanks and enjoy 50 it’s a trip and 60 is even better. people start to be nice to you and sometimes even give you a seat.

  2. Liz,

    I am flattered and honored by your comment! Thank you for recognizing this list. I will do my best to keep producing valuable content. Thank you again!

    dean

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